In an article posted last Monday, the ABA Journal announced that a California-based nonprofit, called FreeForm, has launched a self-help compensation tool for survivors of domestic violence. The web-based tool aims to help domestic violence survivors pursue legal compensation options. It currently includes information for California only, but intends to expand nationally by the middle of 2018, according to a release from the company cited by the ABA.
Once on the site, the user is presented with a series of questions regarding the person’s financial situation and what he or she is seeking remuneration for. With that information, the website presents the user with compensation options, including civil legal action, criminal restitution and Victims of Crime Act funds.
One in three women and one in four men will be physically abused by an intimate partner, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A 2004 World Health Organization study estimated that intimate partner violence is expected to cost the U.S. between $5.8 billion and $12.6 billion annually. Read more at this link.